Resolution Opposing the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance

July 30, 2010


WHEREAS, the Loudoun County Republican Committee strongly supports clean air and clean water, and

WHEREAS, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors (BOS) is attempting to adopt the CHESAPEAKE BAY PRESERVATION ORDINANCE (CBPO), that will severely and substantially affect private property and what individual property owners may choose to do with it, and

WHEREAS, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (CBPA) is a 20 year old State law that was passed for tidal counties in Virginia in order to improve water quality in the Bay, and

WHEREAS, Loudoun is not a tidal county and was not required to adopt the protections for the Bay in the 1988 CBPA when it was passed, and

WHEREAS, the County has performed inadequate studies to justify the adoption of the CBPO in Loudoun County, and

WHEREAS, the State has studied the question of whether the Chesapeake Bay Act should be mandated for other than tide water counties, and concluded that there was not sufficient proof that these specific regulations would improve the health of the Bay, and that the administrative cost and burden as well as the impact on private property were unwarranted, and

WHEREAS, our County's Comprehensive Plan has a stated goal to encourage agriculture and the rural economy, but the CBPO puts unreasonable rules on local farmers by discouraging farming as an undesirable land disturbing use, and

WHEREAS, the cost of the Loudoun County CBPO to homeowners, land owners, and homeowner associations will be excessive, unwarranted, and costly to taxpayers: now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Loudoun County Republican Committee is committed to continuing efforts to protect the water resources of Loudoun County, and be it further;

RESOLVED, that the Loudoun County Republican Committee opposes adoption of the CBPO by the Loudoun County BOS, and be it further;

RESOLVED, that the Chairman shall cause copies of this resolution to be disseminated at a time of his choosing to all state and local representatives of Loudoun County and members of the media.


Mark Sell, LCRC


July 26th 2010